The people and families supported by Integra have a variety of needs, all of which are met within the communities where they live, work and play. Because each person's needs and preferences are different —and often change over time— we provide a full range of community-based residential and non-residential programs.
We believe in the responsibility of supporting a society that respects diversity and fosters inclusion so we offer services that diverse communities identify as respectful, inclusive, and accessible. We strive to deliver inclusive services, affirming the dignity of those we serve, regardless of heritage, education, beliefs, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental health, physical or cognitive capabilities, or socio-economic status. We all act to ensure that people will receive services free from any attempt by others to impose their own values, customs or beliefs.
We also believe that knowing your rights and freedom is important.We advocate with people who have diverse abilities and their families or support network to ensure they have access to the same rights and freedoms as others. It is important that people who have diverse abilities get information that they need to live in the community, know their rights, and live free of harm. We provide everyone receiving services with a 'My Rights' document. To read the 'My Rights' document, click here.
Integra is located and provides services on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and Cowichan Tribes. Unceded means that this land was never surrendered, relinquished or given up in any way. It is essential to the process of reconciliation that this truth be acknowledged and recognized. Here at Integra, we are working towards better understanding how we can support Indigenous sovereignty as settlers on this land. As an organization we therefore have an obligation to better understand how we can promote the work of decolonization.